Just Wanted to Talk: Sciatica
My name is Pierre and I will be 40 next month. I’ve no kids and am not married. I have been an athlete most of my life; football. Almost three years ago I had cervical fusion @ C3-C6. For the most part I have recovered enough from that to feel like I can be viable again, in terms of employment. I do still have pain and my range of motion is vastly restricted but, there is no more tingling and debilitating pain in the neck and shoulder.
Last October I elected to have a microdisectomy @ L5-S1. I have had sciatic pain for two years. Initially I felt very little difference. My neurosurgeon kept imploring me to hang in there, expected me to be feeling better by last Christmas. He was right. By the time Christmas had come, I felt comfortable enough to deem myself “recovering well.” I was exercising again but not overdoing it. I could sit down and not think about my leg, foot, or butt. My pain number had dropped from a consistent 7-8 to a 2. I went to a play about three weeks ago and just like that, the pain is back and bolder than ever. In total the play lasted 3 hours but there was an intermission. I will admit that playhouse seats are not the most comfy. Today I am back to about a 7-8 and cannot sit down at my desk at all. Currently, my shoe is off as I can’t take the pain from having it on. I’m again beside myself and so I came here. I have been researching recently so I’m not really looking for help in that way. I just feel so bad off right now that I needed to speak with people who understand. My new girlfriend keeps telling me to be positive and stay strong. Bless her heart; I wish it were that easy.
I have gone through all the standard protocol: nerve blocks, PT, so many meds, exercise, piriformis stretches, traction, and chiro. None of which have had any substantial success. Even with insurance I am going broke through all of this. 20% co insurance has eaten me alive with the three surgeries in the last three years and all of the co pays for follow ups. I also tore my ACL three years ago because of the sciatica in the opposite leg. So in a span of three weeks I am starting to get that desolate feel again. My gf and I are supposed to go on a road trip next month. We’d both been very excited. Right now, I keep wondering if I’ll even be able to make the trip. Anyway, thanks for listening to my rant my fellow chronic painers. Here is to the undying hope to one day be pain free.